Bombay HC rejects Rapido's plea against Maharashtra Govt's decision refusing it licence to ply bike taxis

The firm also failed to convince the court that the lack of a policy on a bike taxi scheme wasn't reason enough to reject their license application.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Friday, January 20, 2023, 10:17 PM IST
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Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Friday rejected a petition filed by Roppen Transportation Services Private Limited, also known as Rapido, challenging an order passed by the Maharashtra government refusing to grant it licence to ply bike taxis.

A division bench of Justices Gautam Patel and SG Dige said it found no merits in the petition of the bike taxi aggregator firm.

'Fail to see how any aggregator can lay such claim without licence': HC

“We fail to see how any aggregator like the petitioner can lay claim to be allowed to operate bike taxi services without licence or without compliance of the guidelines issued by the Union Government,” the court said.

The court further said the petitioner company had failed to demonstrate that want of a policy on a bike taxi scheme was an insufficient ground to reject their application for licence.

HC says it doesn't see merit in petition

“We are not satisfied that only for want of a policy, the licence was rejected. We see no merit in the petition. We reject the petition. There will be no order as to cost,” the court observed in its order. “There were discrepancies in the petitioner's application to the government seeking licence,” it added.

Rapido had moved HC against a communication issued to it by the Pune Regional Transport Office (RTO) on December 29, 2022, refusing them a bike taxi aggregator licence.

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